Our goals

Innocence in danger’s goals

On the occasion of International Children’s Day, Innocence in danger defined 10 urgent priorities in the struggle to protect children. In this combat we face new challenges. If public opinion now has a better understanding of this world plague, paedophilia, society is still not yet equipped to fight it effectively.

  • How protect those who denounce paedophiles?
  • How dissuade potential criminals from abusing and aggressing children?
  • How stop paedophiles, after conviction,  from committing these crimes again and again?
  • How support parents in their obligation to protect their children?
  • How support and accompany parents during  the judicial process?
  • How can we  inform public opinion more effectively?

Not to react at all is to risk being an accomplice. We have therefore established a list of objectives to achieve, precise actions, clear and attainable goals to better protect children from these aggressions.

1. Formulate and promote legislation for a draft law rendering crimes against children ‘unprescriptable.’

Victims of sexual abuse and incest often take too long (in the eyes of the law) to face up to the aggressions which they have suffered and accuse those who are guilty. But the crimes of paedophiles do not have a time limit, they destroy the child and leave indelible scars in the adult that he will become. We cannot let paedophilias profit from these obsolete laws by hoping that their victims will not react in time for them to pay their crimes.

2. Do not allow persons accused or convicted of paedophilia to be given work in children’s environments.

In the same vein, obtain from public institutions, labour syndicates, and professional associations their agreement that they will not opt for the easier solution of simple mutation of persons accused of child molestation, but take their responsibility to choose the right persons to be in charge of children.

3. Obtain reimbursement from the Social Security for therapeutic care when needed for curing trauma arising from sexual aggression.

To help those who are victims of abuse is essential not only to prevent recurrence but more so to prevent that the adult become a victim for life of his aggressor. This therapy is costly and a good number do not have the means to pay the doctor of their choice.

4. Organise two hours of coursework on the Rights of the Child and the means available to assure respect for these rights.

We must also help children to be aware that there are services that can arrange for them to be listened to. For it is necessary to give expression to their suffering from sexual abuse, and children should realise that it is not a shame and they will not be punished.

5. Training on the Internet must be organised for children. They must be taught the snares and ruses that child molesters resort to for searching their victims, the dangers of chat rooms, and the necessity of maintaining confidentiality on line (not giving out personal names or addresses or any other personal details…)

6. Penitent paedophiles should benefit from intense psychological care for life and a regular check-up for their mental health.

In the framework of  “2001 Year of Mental Health” those who feel in themselves the urge but who do not give in to committing sexual aggression,  should  be assisted to come to the realisation of the seriousness and consequences of actual sexual aggression on minors.  For this kind of  medical regime, therapists and psychiatrists should follow specific training, especially, as psychiatrists generally refuse this type of patient.  In most cases, paedophiles fall back to repeating their crimes. Let us not permit this kind of situation to endure forever.

7. Parents and parent and student associations should have the right to inspect the dossiers of those who take care of their children in the school and also in summer vacation resorts.

8. Those who take their responsibility seriously and denounce this type of crime should automatically benefit from judicial assistance.

Particularly in the case of corporate structures, such as the Church, and the system of the public schools, medical centres and so forth. Fear of being pursued should not force them  to keep silence.  Whoever is a witness to such crimes and does not denounce them, should ipso facto be considered accomplices and accused of “non-assistance to a person in danger.”

9. People working with children should benefit from training in detecting the first signs, the first fain ‘calls’ for help in the case of child abuse.

All too often, the child undergoes sexual aggression, sometimes lasting for years, because no one knew how to listen to and interpret  the ’calls’ for  help.

10. Police, legal or judicial interrogation of children should take place under the surveillance of a  therapist and a children’s lawyer.

All too often interrogation and confrontation lead to renewed suffering for the child victim.